The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank is a poetic look at a few years of Frank’s life. However, instead of Anne or another person telling the story, it is told through the viewpoint of a very humanly aware cat.
David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin take us through the years of Anne and the others who were hiding in the annex. But due to the fact the cat is a cat, it does not focus on her, but on The Yellow Stars (as he calls the Jewish people) as a whole. It can wander the city and sees how the Black Spider arm-banded people (of course, the Nazis) treat these The Yellow Stars. The cat tells how everyone must be quiet, how they do not have food or what they have is stolen/eaten by rats, the smells and noises that come from the factory below the hiding spot, how the annex has fleas because of our cat, and even some of the people (a red-haired girl in particular is mentioned) who help save several children outside the hidden spot of Anne and her friends. A few of the facts mention might be ones that you might not know (such as hundreds of Jews were hidden in the spaces above the cages at the zoo and a prison was made of a Jewish music hall).
Elizabeth Baddeley illustrates this story with great artwork. The picture of Anne’s father at the very end touching. The colors are soft and rich at the same time. They show the times, the places and how a sleek, black cat watches a young girl write in a diary, dance and otherwise hope for a future.
The afterwards with more historic information of the time and people is also included.